I know this sounds weird coming from someone who sells real estate for a living, but it is not about what benefits me, this is about what benefits Parkland.
Right now we have amazing schools with a student to teacher ratio average of around 18:1. If we keep building it may force redistricting or worse the creation of a new school. A new school will force the funds out of our established schools. I don’t want anything to diminish the standard of education our schools offer so that is a hard "no" for me.
Also, the morning commute is getting worse, with cars backed up for several blocks just trying to get on the Sawgrass Expressway. One of the things I loved about Parkland was that is was a midsize town. As we continue to grow we will have big city problems like increased traffic.
Because of how sought after our city is, residential developers are looking for opportunities where they can build out on even the smallest parcel of land. There are several parcels of land that could be developed on in the near future. The Burt Harris Act limits the city’s control over how land is utilized, but there are work arounds. I’m proposing that we act now and create a fund to subsidize developers who align with the vision of maintaining maximum greenspace and not introduce more residential homes.
I love the fact that we live somewhere with nature and farm land. As a native New Yorker, I have truly grown to appreciate all Parkland has to offer and I want my son to have this experience too.